The New Cardio: Hakka Kung Fu / 全新有氧運動:客家功夫

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Many of us have watched in anticipation the last match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. We glue our eyes to the television, with one hand in our popcorn bucket, to watch the Fight of the Century. However, have we ever stepped back from the world of violent boxing and maybe think of something more… eastern? Our knowledge about martial arts is very limited to the number of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies we watch during our childhood days and that too, we are more focused on the perfectly choreographed moves and sound effects. Today, we explore the world of Hakka Kung Fu, one of the most distinctive and important martial arts systems in South China.

The Hakka clan first emerged out of the “misty mountains” where Fujian and Guangdong joined, during China’s chaotic period in the early Qing. The Hakka martial arts developed along with the development of Hakka as a clan. When the Hakka masters moved from villages to cities, Hakka kung fu also developed into being more ‘modern’.

Held every Monday at 8 pm in March, you could simply walk to the Skygarden to learn this form of Kung fu. It was open for every level and everyone was learning together, so don’t worry about being an awkward small potato. Listening to the grunts of the other participants, I was intrigued to try out this new martial art as well.

It was honestly quite the experience! Master WONG was particularly meticulous about our stance, and we had to hold in a half squat position for at least 5 minutes. Way to work on those glutes! The air punches proved to be a good stress reliever as well. With the wind blowing in my face, it felt more like a refreshment instead of a workout.

There were quite a lot of participants too! Here’s what they have to say about the workshop:

“I was honestly quite scared at first! I usually do yoga so being exposed to martial arts—with the grunts and air punches—was quite shocking for me! However, it was a new experience. I could never experience this in my home country.”
Sophie BRANDSTRUP, Hall 10, Exchange Student, Business Communication

“This is a really good workout session for me. The timing fits with my schedule well and I was really inspired by the teacher’s passion towards the sport. He’s in his own bubble!”
Camille PIOT, HSBC Prosperity Hall, Exchange Student, Finance

“I will definitely come again if there were upcoming events like this! I have always been interested in martial arts but never had the opportunity to try it. Now that I tried it, I’m hooked!”
Minxin ZHU, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 2, Energy Science & Engineering

Writer: Natasya Viona CHANDRA (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Photographer:   REN Ling (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)

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很多人已經看過曼尼·帕奎奧和弗洛伊德·梅威瑟的最後一場比賽了吧,想必是一手拿著爆米花,眼睛一刻不離屏幕地觀看這場「世紀之戰」。但是,從暴力拳擊的世界里回過神來,你有沒有想過東方武術呢?我們對於武術的認識僅限於童年時代看過的李小龍、成龍的電影,而且我們更加關注的還是精心製作的動作和音效。今天,我們探索客家功夫,這是中國南方獨具特色的重要武術系統。

在中國清朝早期,國內秩序較為混亂的時候,客家宗族興起於福建和廣東省一帶。客家武術也隨著客家宗族的興起而發展。當客家人從村莊搬到城市以後,客家功夫也變得越來越現代化。

每周一晚上八點,你可以來天台花園,學習客家功夫。不管你基礎如何,都可以加入。大家一起學習,不用因自己是初學者而擔心。被其他參與者所感染,小編自己也對客家功夫感到十分好奇。

這實在是一次不錯的體驗。黃師傅會謹慎地調整我們的姿勢,我們要紮馬步至少五分鐘。向空中揮拳,也是一個很好的緩解壓力的方式。微風吹拂,你會覺得神清氣爽而非覺得在接受沈重的訓練。

此次活動有許多的參與者。我們隨機採訪了一些人:

「一開始我真的很害怕!通常我練習的是瑜伽,所以當接觸武術時,尤其伴隨吼聲還有揮拳的時候,我覺得很驚訝。但是,這是一次全新的體驗。這是在我的國家體驗不到的。」
── Sophie BRANDSTRUP(舍堂十 / 商務傳播系交流生)

「對我來說這是很好的一次鍛煉機會。時間也正合適。師傅對於運動有著極高的熱情,我也被他深深感染了。他真的沉浸其中。」
── Camille PIOT(滙豐業昕堂 / 金融系交流生)

「如果未來還有這樣的活動,我一定會再次來參加。我對武術始終都很感興趣,但是一直沒機會嘗試。嘗試過之後,我已經著迷其中了。」
── 朱敏華(李兆基堂 / 能源科學及工程學系二年級)

文:   Natasya Viona CHANDRA (賽馬會群萃堂)
譯:   王琪 (舍堂十)
圖:   任伶 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)

The Single’s Guide to Surviving Valentine’s Day: Do’s and Don’ts / 單身自救小秘訣:如何幸福地度過單身情人節?

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Tis’ the season of love! To your left, couples are hugging. To your right, couples are holding hands. Anywhere your eyes roam, you just can’t avoid the public display of affection. Your eyes burn, you feel trapped. It’s okay, dear friends, we single people should unite to defeat this plague called Valentines Day.

I am here to help you survive valentine’s day without being a complete mess.

Do’s:

  1. Splurge on (discounted) chocolates

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It’s okay, your scale understands. Diet starts tomorrow, anyways. You are allowed to buy as many Ferrero Rocher as you want. Splurge on those Hershey’s! Indulge in those sweet gooey goodness called chocolate because you need extra TLC today. We got your back.

  1. Netflix (and maybe chill?)

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Dive into your cheesy chick flicks movie marathon. Bawl your eyes out to The Notebook or any other sappy Nicholas Sparks movie. Realise that there are 60 million other people doing the exact same thing like you today. You’re not alone! Hoorah for single people around the world!

  1. Stay in

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It’s freezing outside! Why even bother going out? Restaurants will be occupied with couples and you would probably have to wait (in the freezing cold!) to get a table… for one. Spare yourself the effort and order a take-out. Better yet, stay warm inside your blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy your me-time.

  1. Swipe away

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Your best friends might be out with their S.O. and you have no dinner plans. Who’s telling that you can’t swipe away on Tinder today (or any other day) really? You might get an impromptu date or even just find friends to hang out with.

Don’ts:

  1. Drunk dial your ex

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It’s okay to feel lonely, but once the booze kicks in and you feel the utmost urge to dial your ex, stop. A quick ‘hi’ will turn into an ‘I miss you’ and nothing good ever comes out after that. You don’t need that extra drama in your life, trust me.

  1. Wallow in self-pity

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All jokes aside, it’s great to be single! We have the freedom to do whatever we want. We don’t have to worry about gift buying, planning surprises or picnic dates. We don’t have to spend time on Pinterest, searching for the most creative heartfelt gift that takes ages to make. We literally just saved our self all that hassle. And honestly, you don’t require anyone to make you happy. Make yourself so happy so that when others look at you, they feel happy too.

  1. Complain on social media about how ‘single’ you are

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Don’t be a party pooper. Instead call your loved ones (family, friends, cousins, pets… and the list goes on) and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life. Don’t be salty about being single and not receiving love, when you can be spreading love elsewhere.

As cliché as it sounds, spreading love shouldn’t be a one day occasion. Especially with all the pain in the world right now, one of the things we can do to help is to keep spreading love and positivity, not only to your significant other but also the world.

I hope you have a great valentine’s day because I sure will!

Writer:   Natasya Viona CHANDRA (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Images:   Pinterest

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春天是戀愛的季節!走到街上,右邊是對擁抱的情侶,左邊是對牽手閒逛的,視線無論掃到哪,總能看見一對在你附近放閃,感覺眼都快瞎,讓單身的你很是無奈,也很是唏噓。情人節轉眼便到,這節日更是你的大敵,但沒關係,還有千萬個單身朋友與你共敵這可恨的放閃節!

今日我們就來說說作為單身人士能如何渡過情人節吧!

應做:

1 吸收大量(減價)巧克力

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沒關係,減肥永遠是明天的事。你需要大量的糖分助你度過這天,有千萬個單身的我們為你撐腰!

2 Netflix

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是時候開始你的電影馬拉松了,選擇一套淒美的愛情電影或一套愛情喜劇,然後抱著電腦渡過這一天吧。你會發現今日有六千萬人正在和你做一樣的事,你並不孤獨!單身萬歲!

3 別出門

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外面天氣冷,情人節人又多,何苦到街上與一眾情侶搶餐廳位置?叫個外賣,吃完飯裹上棉被,泡杯熱巧克力,做你想做的任何事,在家中休閒地過一天吧。

4 滑交友apps

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你的朋友們可能都有約了,所以情人節的晚上你很有機會要獨自用餐。這時候不妨到交友apps上挑一兩個感興趣的對象,可能會有意想不到的人陪你共進晚餐,甚至交到一位與你投契的新朋友。

不該做:

1 喝醉了打電話給前任

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通常喝醉了打電話給前任,一聲「你好」漸漸就會變成一句「我想你」,隨之衝口而出的是一堆酒醒後你希望自己從未說過的話。相信我,你不會希望你的生活變得跟連續劇裡面的深情女主角一樣悲催,所以喝醉了還是趕緊讓朋友扶你回去,洗洗睡吧。

2 自憐自艾

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單身其實沒什麼不好的,單身的生活也能過的很充實。情人節還不用挑禮物,或花大量時間手作禮物,籌備驚喜。我們只為自己而活,讓歡樂填滿生活的每一頁,身邊的人看著也會感受到你的正能量的。所以單身不要自憐自艾,也不用依賴別人帶給你歡樂,我們才能為自己的快樂負責。

3 在社交網站訴苦

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不要在社交網站上無病呻吟,埋怨單身或無人愛你。反之,打電話給你愛的人(家人,朋友,親戚……),告訴他們你很感激命裏有他們在你身旁,給予扶持。不要只顧散播負能量,想想自己怎麼做才能把正面的訊息傳遞出去吧。

世人為生活奔波,很容易便視身旁的一切為理所當然,可能我們需要一個節日為理由向愛的人表達心意。但表達對別人的愛或關懷,又何必只限於情人節一天?又何必只限於對身邊的人?現今世界太多苦痛,也太多無奈,倘若心中有愛,而且樂於以愛為名,為別人生活帶來一絲改變。就算你是單身,每天也會是你的情人節!

文:   Natasya Viona CHANDRA (賽馬會群萃堂)
譯:   駱嘉時 (賽馬會群智堂)
圖:   Pinterest

Yoga for Health / 健康瑜伽齊齊練

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Spending your Sunday evening doing yoga sounds rather relaxing, doesn’t it? Well, wait until you’ve actually tried it and the word “relaxing” will find a new meaning. But before the relaxing bit comes an hour-long battle between your mind and your body: a battle the art of yoga trains your mind to win!

Sitting through this one class, I felt the urge to join the fun. There was something very calm about this particular brand of fun; perhaps it was Master Yogaraj CP’s music or the steady breathing all those practising were careful to maintain. Towards the end of the class, despite not being a participant, I felt like I had been through all the stretches or aasanaas and I was eagerly awaiting the Master’s famous 15-minute cool-down session. Despite its brevity, this 15-minute session puts one in a therapeutic, meditative state instantly and when the Master finally rings a bell as reminder that class has ended, one feels rejuvenated and at peace, as opposed to exhausted and restless.

There were students of various fitness levels who joined the class-some of them were practising Yoga for the very first time, in fact. John DUMAS from France, for instance, is a Year 5 Computer Science student who resides in Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6). When asked about his experience as a first-timer, he says, “I feel more flexible, despite a few pains sometimes. This is a very interesting experience and I quite like it. Especially at the end of the class, I feel very good!”

Another first-time practitioner, Taya CHENG of Jockey Club Academy Hall (Hall 4), studying Information Management in her 4th Year, said, “I find my flexibility improving every class, and outside of the yoga class, the quality of my sleep has improved- I sleep better after doing yoga and for even a few days following that.”

We also have among us a few seasoned yogis who have been practising Yoga with our Yoga Guru-in-Residence since many semesters. Jack YEUNG (Jockey Club Academy Hall, Year 3, Construction Engineering & Management) joined this class some time last year as it supplements his other sport activities. He also attended CityU Yoga Day two years in a row and loved them both. Through his one year of yoga practice, Jack said he has observed a few changes, “I think I’m a lot more relaxed, overall. I’m also more focused- my grades have improved. Besides studying hard, yoga really helps in that respect.” Jack would recommend this class to other residents, he says, because he believes it is a very refreshing experience.

Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall, Year 2, Global Business Systems Management) is another one of our own seasoned yogis. Ellen said her flexibility has increased while her muscle tension has decreased over the last year of practising yoga in the Student Residence. She said, “What’s different about this class is that it is more spiritual. Master Yogaraj brings an Indian style to class and it’s more than yoga-it is also meditation. The very best thing about it is doing it on Sunday evenings!”

Having witnessed the class and spoken to its participants, I can say that Student Residence’s brand of Healthy Yoga is truly one to experience. Our residents surely bear testimony to that!

Writer:   Sadhika NANDA (Residence Tutor, Hall 11)
Photographer:  Yikki LAM (Lee Shau Kee Hall)

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悠閒的星期天傍著斜陽練瑜伽聽起來相當輕鬆吧?但當你真正練過,便知道瑜伽的 「輕鬆」似乎要重新定義了。在放鬆之前,你的心神和身體得進行一場為時一小時的交戰:瑜伽這門學問將會鍛練你的心神成為赢家!

我只上了這麼一堂課,已經受箇中樂趣深深吸引。在空氣裡可以嗅到一種盡在不言中的寧靜,或是來自Yogaraj CP大師的音樂,或是來自通過用心練習而保持的平穩呼吸。雖然我不是參與者,但完堂後我感覺身體好像也有跟他們一同做了伸展瑜伽。我急切地等待大師做完收操運動。雖然收操只有15分鐘,但瞬即帶人進入治癒、冥想的狀態。最後,大師響起一聲鈴聲,以示課堂結束。無一不感到內心平安、煥然一新,疲憊不安一一盡散。

無論有沒有健身習慣的同學均樂在其中,有些還是第一次練瑜伽呢! 李兆基堂的John DUMAS是大五的法國交流生,主修電腦科學。第一次嘗試瑜伽的他這樣形容:「我覺得身體變得靈活了,縱使有時候會有點痛。但我挺喜歡這個有趣的體驗。特別是完堂後,整個人很舒服!」

另一位初學者是來自賽馬會群智堂的Taya CHENG,她正在修讀資訊管理的第四個年頭。她發現:「每堂我的筋骨都變得愈來愈柔軟,睡眠質量大大改善。做瑜伽的那天,甚至往後幾天,我都會睡得特別沉穩。」

我們班上幾個經驗豐富的瑜伽士已經跟著我們這位駐校精神導師練習瑜伽多年。楊家穎(賽馬會群智堂,建造工程及管理系三年級)去年加入瑜伽班以增強其他運動的表現。他已經連續兩年參加城大瑜伽日。經過一年的練習,家穎觀察到一些變化:「總括來講,我的身心學會了放鬆,專注力有所提升,成績有見改善。除了用功學習,瑜伽在這方面起了很大作用。」家穎向其他宿生大力推薦練習瑜伽,因為他相信這是一個令人氣象一新的體驗。

校友樂禮堂的丁琳笠是環球商業系統管理的大二學生,也是一位閱歷豐富的瑜伽士。琳笠指自去年開始練習,手腳沒那麼生硬了,肌肉沒那麼繃緊了。她說:「這個班的不同之處在於它更注重靈性的發展。老師把課堂注入印度風格,不單單練瑜伽,也教導我們冥想。最棒的是我們正正可以在星期日晚悠悠閒閒練瑜伽!」

親眼見證瑜伽班的效果、與參與者交流之後,我敢說,學生宿舍處的健康瑜伽班可謂實實在在地,改變著宿生們的生活!

文:   Sadhika NANDA (舍堂十一導師)
譯:   楊雅怡
攝:   林奕淇 (李兆基堂)

Why Living in the Halls is like Going on a Working Holiday? / 為何在宿舍居住與工作假期無異?

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Being famous for having the fastest pace of life, students in Hong Kong seldom get the chance to go on working holidays. However, you are actually experiencing a similar life of working holiday just by living in hall!

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On one hand, living in the halls provide you with various learning opportunities to enhance personal development. You are able to meet people coming from different places such as Germany, Korea, and Mainland China, etc. It’s just like traveling around the world to meet new friends from different countries! You are highly encouraged to chat with exchange students in this multicultural community. Through interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, you get to know more about cultures and values of different countries, and hence develop cultural sensitivity and competence!

On the other hand, inter-hall competitions such as basketball, soccer and table tennis, or performing arts like music and photo-taking organised by halls bring you opportunities to engage with these non-local residents as well. Throughout these competitions, you learn various sports’ skills and appreciate arts of different styles. Don’t you think this experience is similar to the life of working holidays when you have the chance to interact and compete with foreigners. The hall life in CityU is offering you with similar, valuable experiences!

What’s more, you will be trained to be independent with improved communication and problem solving skills without the need of going abroad. Similar to the working holidays, you have to take good care of yourself and manage your time effectively. You have to face challenges on your own rather than seeking help from your parents.

To sum it up, living in halls is simply a mini local “working holiday” experience! Without traveling overseas, you are able to enrich your university life and enhance your personal development by living and interacting with residents in this multicultural residence community!

Writer:   Dilys HO (Lee Shau Kee Hall)

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在一個生活步伐急促的城市下成長,香港的大學生機乎沒有時間或機會實踐工作假期計劃。然而,你知道嗎?住在香港城市大學學生宿舍所體驗的生活與工作假期其實很相似呢!

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一方面,宿舍為你提供各種學習機會,從而有助個人發展。你會遇上來自不同的地方宿生,如德國、韓國和中國大陸等。這就像在世界各地旅行時遇上不同國家的新朋友一樣!宿舍十分鼓勵宿生在這個跨文化社區與交流生聊天,從中了解不同國家的文化及價值觀,提升跨文化敏感度。

另一方面,不同舍堂聯合舉辦的「聯呵比賽(即聯舍比賽)」為宿生提供與非本地生良性競爭的機會。這些比賽包括運動,如籃球、足球及乒乓球,亦包括藝術,如音樂及攝影。從這些良性競爭當中,宿生能夠學會各種運動技能和欣賞不同地方的文化及藝術。難道你不認為這方面的經驗和工作假期的生活差不多嗎?工作假期中,你有機會與外國人交流及競爭,而城大的宿舍生活正正能夠給予你這種相似及可貴的經驗!

更重要的是,宿生在宿舍生活中能夠獲得有益及有價值的技能,如培養自己獨立,懂得溝通,增強解決問題能力。宿舍的生活與工作假期相似,宿生需要好好照顧自己,並有效地管理和分配自己的時間。每當遇到困難時,宿生必須自己面對挑戰,而不是立刻向父母尋求幫助。漸漸地,宿生解決疑難的能力也會提升。此外,我曾提到的宿舍活動絕對可以提升宿生的跨文化人際交往能力。因此,任何人也應緊握在宿舍生活中提升個人技能的機會!

總括而言,宿舍生活簡直就是本地小型的「工作假期」經驗!毋須到海外工作及旅遊,在跨文化宿生社區與不同背景的宿生交流便可以豐富大學生活,並有助於個人發展。

文:   何柏妮 (李兆基堂)

CityU Yoga Day: Embracing Peace & Harmony / 放鬆心情,淨化身心:城大瑜伽日紀實

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On the 6th of November, more than 250 students and staff joined together to celebrate the CityU Yoga Day, since the previous year one had been such a total success and a hit amongst students. What better way to commemorate the end of midterms than a day of yoga?

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Mr. Puneet AGRAWAL (Consul-General of India to Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR), Dr. David CHENG (Associate Vice-President, Global Services), Master Yogaraj C.P (YogaGuru-in-Residence and Founder and Director of Prana Yogam), Miss Ann Ho (Associate, Kishinchand Chellaram Foundation) and a few other officiating guests kicked off the event by conducting a Jal-anjali, a ritual that symbolizes the cleansing and purification of the earth.

After an opening speech by Mr. Agrawal followed by a vote of thanks by Dr. David CHENG, Master Yogaraj amazed us all by his yoga art, which he demonstrated with his performance partner, Ms. Coffee LAM. Master Yogaraj is a Guinness record holder, so his performance  left us breathless and constantly fascinated in awe. It was a performance of many shapes: yoga poses that require flexibility and strength that one can master only through sweat, effort and time.

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The mass yoga practice started shortly afterwards and the team of Prana Yogam instructors spread around the area to help students perfect their poses. It was a very relaxing session as the wind blew softly on our faces and the relaxing voice of Master Yogaraj released any leftover tension in our bodies. For me personally, the best part was when he told us to lie on our backs and close our eyes. I could hear the birds chirping and the leaves rustling. It was the best remedy to de-stress.

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The event, once again, was a huge success. A few residents were asked to describe their experiences:

How did you benefit from this event?

“It was a short session but I felt healthier after doing yoga. The free energy drink kept me hydrated the whole time too! It felt nice to have a day off to practice yoga and not think about the upcoming deadlines.”
–   Adelina TJOKRONEGORO, Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, Year 3, Finance, Indonesia

“I benefitted a lot from this event, both mentally and physically. The weather was perfect for doing yoga. Many people were doing the same thing so I didn’t feel awkward at all. Mr. Yogaraj was humorous too! Everyone laughed and that made me feel happy.”
–   Scott SHIH, Jockey Club Academy Hall, Year 4, Finance, Taiwan

Do you think this event will encourage you to do yoga in the future?

“Yes! I’ve been doing yoga since secondary school, and the habit caught on till now.”
–   Brigitta Melvina WINATA, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 3, Finance, Indonesia

How do you feel about the whole event?

“The whole event was marvelous. The Kishinchand Chellaram Foundation and Cultural and Sports Committee of CityU gave great support and sponsored the yoga mats for the participants. We are also thankful to Mr. Yogaraj and his team of coaches for coming to help and facilitate the whole event. This year’s event was definitely better than the last because every student got goody bags as well! Everything was well organized.”
–   Dr. David CHENG, Associate Vice President (Global Services), CityU

Writer:   Natasya Viona CHANDRA (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Photographers:   Mr. Derek KWAN (SRO), Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall), Rachel MAN (Lee Shau Kee Hall), Kelvin NG

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十一月六日,學生宿舍處再次舉辦了一年一度的城大瑜伽日活動。去年的瑜伽日取得了圓滿成功,今年人數更勝去年,逾兩百五十名師生一同在這個秋涼的下午一起做瑜伽,場面壯觀。想要慶祝一大波考試結束,還有什麼比嘗試練習一天瑜伽更好的方法呢?

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印度駐香港特別行政區和澳門特別行政區總領事Puneet Agrawal 先生、協理副校長(環球事務)程星博士、瑜伽大師兼Prana Yogam創始人Yogaraj C.P 老師、Kishinchand Chellaram Foundation代表Ann Ho女士以及其他幾位嘉賓一起主持一個名為「Jal-anjali」的開幕儀式,象徵潔淨地球,滋潤大地,為活動正式拉開帷幕。

Agrawal 先生首先進行開幕演講,而後程星博士公開致謝,緊接著由Yogaraj 老師與他的搭檔林芊妤老師進行驚艷全場的瑜伽表演。Yogaraj 老師是世界健力士世界紀錄保持者,曾連續40小時做瑜伽。他的表演使大家著迷而又敬畏。瑜伽表演中的動作對身體柔韌性和力量要求很高,這些只有通過經年的不懈努力才能做到。

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接下來是大規模瑜伽練習,Prana Yogam 的導師們走到場地各處糾正學生的姿勢。微風輕拂臉頰,大家都很放鬆,Yogaraj 老師輕柔的聲音使大家將體內的壓力都釋放出去。小編個人覺得最愜意的部分就是閉眼平躺了,聽著鳥兒鳴叫和樹葉的沙沙聲,是消除壓力最好的方式。

瑜伽日活動再一次圓滿成功,小編隨機採訪了一些參加者。

你覺得此次活動的益處有哪些?

「雖然只是短短一小時,但做完瑜伽后覺得自己更健康了。主辦方提供的能量飲料幫助我補充了不少水分!將繁忙的生活放下,通過練習瑜伽來休息, 感覺很不錯。」
── Adelina TJOKRONEGORO (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂,金融系三年級,來自印尼)

「這次活動使我身體上和精神上都收穫良多,天朗氣清,非常適合做瑜伽。大家一起練習也不會覺得尷尬。老師也非常幽默!每個人都輕鬆自在地笑,我也很開心。」
── 石曜綸(賽馬會群智堂,金融系四年級,來自台灣)

這次活動會鼓勵你今後繼續練習瑜伽嗎?

「當然!我從高中就開始練習瑜伽了,一直堅持至今 。」
── Briggita Melvina WINATA(李兆基堂,金融系三年級,來自印尼)

總結一下此次活動吧!

「這是一次很了不起的活動。感謝Kishinchand Chellaram 基金會與城大文康委員會出資為參加者配置瑜伽墊。我們也非常感謝Yogaraj老師和他的導師團隊對本次活動的貢獻。今年的活動比去年更加成功,每位參加者更獲贈予禮品袋及免費瑜伽墊,想法週到!一切順利,圓滿落幕。」
── 程星博士(香港城市大學協理副校長(環球事務))

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文:   Natasya Viona CHANDRA(賽馬會群萃堂)
譯:   王琪(舍堂十)
攝:   關允聰先生(學生宿舍處)、丁琳笠(校友樂禮堂)、文苳晴(李兆基堂)、吳啟楓

Decorating Your Room——a Creative Outlet for You / 裝飾房間--一個發揮創造力的時刻

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Have you ever thought about differentiating your room from others’? Have you ever thought about that the way you decorate your can put you in a good mood every time when you come back? Let’s decorate our rooms!

Here are some tips for DIY decoration:

  1. Put up your creatively designed name tags on the door. This can impress your floor mates while informing them of your name at the same time.
  2. Before you start decorating your room, think and decide the overall style of the decoration. You can choose a Modern Simple style, Medieval theme, Fantasy style, etc. As long as you have decided the overall style, you can buy some fitting gadgets or small furniture.
  3. As for buying gadget, there are several wonderful shops where you can nearly buy all the items on your list at a relatively low price. IKEA and MUJI alike promote various Modern Simple styles, so you can always find a lot of well-designed gadgets or furniture there. Also, you can turn to online shops and buy customized, tailor-made products.
  4. Put up posters, stickers, paintings or photos you like on the wall or on the whiteboard. These things can show your personal features and even life mottos.
  5. Classify your personal items in the room. This habit can make your decoration stand out to a large extent as well as improving your efficiency of studying.

At last, if you think your room is the best room in town already, do enter our decoration contest——My Room Rocks Contest——to win a prize: http://bit.do/myroomrocks1617. Good luck!

Writer:   Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Image:   slodive.com

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你想讓自己的房間與眾不同嗎?你知道裝飾能讓你每次回房間都擁有好心情嗎?一起來裝飾自己的新房間吧!

一些自己裝飾房間的小貼士:

  1. 設計自己的名字牌,張貼在房門上。這不僅能給途經的層友留下印象,還能讓他們知道你的名字從而更快的認識你。
  2. 在裝飾房間之前, 仔細考慮和確定裝飾的整體風格。例如,現代簡約風格、中世界風格、夢幻風格等等。接著你可以著手買一些相同風格的裝飾物件。
  3. 購買小物件?這些商店是你購買的不錯選擇:宜家,無印良品都主打現代簡約風格;你也可以在網店上私人定制。
  4. 在墻上或者白板上張貼中意的畫報或者照片,以彰顯你的個性或者人生信條。
  5. 將房間裏的東西分類歸置。這不僅能讓你裝飾的風格更突出,也能助你提高效率。

假如你說,不用了,我的房間已經是全城最美了,那歡迎你參加我們的【My Room Rocks Contest】以分享你的裝飾成果,贏取豐富獎品。請通過下面的網址獲取更多相關信息:http://bit.do/myroomrocks1617。祝你好運!

文: 陳妍宇(舍堂十)
圖: slodive.com

Life Hacks: How to Make the Most of Your Space / 生活小技巧:如何充分利用你的空間

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It is almost common sense, that Hong Kong has been one of the cities on earth with the most expensive housings for several years. However, international and exchange students might not know that the residence halls you are now living in CityU – is among the most expensive districts in Hong Kong.

With an average of HK$12,285 per square feet, you are actually living in a 13-square-metre luxury mansion.

To make the most out of your dorm room, here are some tips you can consider:

  1. Utilize your wardrobe doors with sticky holders 
    • Since sticking holders on the wall often damages the paints, you can stick them on the wardrobe doors instead – to hang towels, the clothes you are going to wear, pocket hangers and etc.
  2. Share the shelf (the one next to the wardrobes) with your roommate
    • Make the shelf as a ‘sharing station’, and put nothing else but things that you share with your roommate. Toilet papers, tissues, food, cooking utensils and etc… When you share, you can save a lot of money, and also space.
  3. Organize your stuff with storage hacks
    • Go on a shopping spree at IKEA, get some cheap storage containers… There are many ways you can organize your things without making your room and shelves look like a battlefield. There are a lot of “storage hacks” ideas online that you can learn from.

Don’t hesitate to make the most of your space. After all, you should enjoy living in one of the most expensive areas in Hong Kong. Local students always tell this joke, “We live on top of the hill of Kowloon Tong… Well, not the mansions, but right next to one.”

Writer:   Michelle CHIANG (Hall 10)
Image:   www.bobvila.com

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香港是世界上房價最昂貴的城市之一,這一點大家已經達成共識了。然而,國際生和交換生可能不知道,我們現在所住的學生宿舍正位於香港最貴的地區!

以平均價格每平方英呎$12,285港幣計算的話,你實際上正住在一套13平方米的九龍塘豪宅了。

所以,為了充分利用你的空間,你可以考慮以下小貼士:

  1. 在衣櫃門上貼黏鉤
    在墻上貼黏鉤可能會造成油漆剝落,所以你可以貼在衣櫃門上── 掛毛巾,要穿的衣服,掛口袋的架子等等。
  1. 和室友共用衣櫃旁邊的架子
    把這部分的架子劃為「分享區」,別放別的,只放和室友共用的東西。紙巾、廁紙、食物、廚具等等。與人分享,既節省錢也可以節省空間。
  1. 整理物品時運用一些小技巧
    去宜家進行一次搶購吧,購進一些便宜的儲物盒。不需要把房間變成戰場,你也可以整理好你的物品。網上有許多儲物小技巧可以學習。

別猶豫啦,快好好利用你的空間吧。畢竟住在香港最昂貴的區域之一,這種機會不是人人都能擁有的,好好享受這段時光吧。正如本地同學總開玩笑說:「我們就住在九龍塘山頂豪宅──的旁邊!」

文:蔣敏瑩(舍堂十)
譯:王琪(舍堂十)
圖:www.bobvila.com

[Hong Kong v.s. New York – Point of View of a Hong Kong Exchange Student] 【香港 vs. 紐約: 一個香港交流生的觀察】

“Concrete jungles where dream are made of… these streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you…”

I have been singing this song since I was young. New York, to me, has always been a city of America, finance, technology, and a city of dreams. I have always thought that New York is a place to stay, and a place for me to achieve my dreams.

Continue reading “[Hong Kong v.s. New York – Point of View of a Hong Kong Exchange Student] 【香港 vs. 紐約: 一個香港交流生的觀察】”

[And It was All…Yellow]【這是金黃色的體驗】

AND IT WAS ALL…YELLOW

By: Bhavya CHAUHAN (Hall 10)
Image: wallpaper-kid.com

The first touch of sunlight on a cold, foggy morning. Emerging petals on a budding sunflower. Nascence. The dim twinkling on a sea lit up with surrounding lights. The faint flickering of a bulb, struggling to light up. And then? Hope. Streaks of blonde in hair: every hair, short hair, long, silky hair. Fields of mustard swaying, dancing in the wind. The smell? Home. Continue reading “[And It was All…Yellow]【這是金黃色的體驗】”